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Stuart
I’m not a fan of fan boycotts (no pun intended) but the fans so feel so ignored and – dare I say it – disempowered by this debacle, that they are using the only means they know. I’d prefer big crowds with huge anti-decision banners were unfurled at every game. Remember when the RBB were vilified by Alan Jones and Rebecca Wilson? Their response was brilliant.

The Roar's A-League Men tips and predictions: Round 8

I understand the “need to know the venue further in advance” argument from a logistical and planning perspective. But prior to Covid, every Grand Final sold out regardless of the advance knowledge of venue. Added to that, the finals format changed in 2013 to its current form. Prior to 2013, the GF could only be held in 2 possible locations and this was known prior to the finals commencing, because only teams that finished 1st or 2nd could host it. With the current format, any 3 of the final 4 in the 2nd last week of the finals is a potential host.

The Roar's A-League Men tips and predictions: Round 8

The Adelaide schedule is puzzling. The Perth one isn’t. They didn’t have a ground, and their alternative home wasn’t up to speed to host A League games until last week.

The Roar's A-League Men tips and predictions: Round 8

I believe AAMI Park is almost sold out on Saturday so that represents a lot more than 9,000.

The Roar's A-League Men tips and predictions: Round 8

Of course! But written well before the “hysteria” started…

The A-League has sold its soul to Sydney

Brainstrust
One of the main themes in this decision seemed to be an alignment with the other codes. But the NRL and AFL can choose their GF destination knowing that more than 50% of their league is based in the host cities. So I’m not sure they’ve “souled their soul” as much as they’ve cashed in on a near certainty. there is no such certainty in the A League.

The A-League has sold its soul to Sydney

Well put, Middy. I think there can be two strategies – an “instant” one, and a long-term one, but the latter will involve lobbying for a larger slice of the corporate and governmental pie.
And just more Garang Kuol!

A salute to Australia's 'Platinum Generation'

Jog on, Bruce, you must’ve been watching the North Korean feed of the World Cup.

A salute to Australia's 'Platinum Generation'

You might want to watch that game again, and check the immense relief on the faces of the Argentinians at full time. Or listen to the post-match interview with Emiliano Martinez, who’s save prevented the game going into extra time.

A salute to Australia's 'Platinum Generation'

Disagree totally. How does a team look “completely out of place” by beating the world’s 10th ranked nation, and then put the frighteners into the world’s 3rd ranked?

A salute to Australia's 'Platinum Generation'

We didn’t “get” the Mariners because the Wolves turned down the AL. The Mariners were in the mix from day one.

Why the whole league should want Phoenix to rise from the ashes

That’s not accurate at all.

Why the whole league should want Phoenix to rise from the ashes

Nothing wrong with a healthy dose of self-interest, Buddy, especially when everyone can share in it!

Why the whole league should want Phoenix to rise from the ashes

Sheilas, Wogs and Poofters by Johnny Warren.

What is the best football book ever? (part 2)

A very difficult article well-written, Stuart.
A lot of comment about this being a “minority” and not representative of most Sydney United fans. If one person – ONE – decides that the best way to react to a proud Dharug woman welcoming them to country is to boo and throw a Nazi salute, then that is one too many.

'Sick to the stomach': Night of utter shame as Welcome to Country booed and fans display Nazi salutes

TBH, most World Cups are played in hotter then usual conditions when scheduled in June-July.

The Socceroos can advance beyond the group stage at the World Cup

As opposed, I suppose, to not writing about it?

Love-hate relationship: Sometimes it makes me sick and ashamed to be a rugby league fan

Why would the pay packets dictate level of misbehaviour? There are many more players in, say, the English Premier League, earning a lot more money than NRL players, under MUCH closer public scrutiny, yet the number of anti-social, criminal, or unsavoury incidents is far less in comparisons. Maybe it’s because A-League players are just better behaved.

Love-hate relationship: Sometimes it makes me sick and ashamed to be a rugby league fan

Way too funny not to be 100% true. Good to have you back, Dane.

The truth about rugby league? State of Origin is stealing from you

Can’t do that either because Australia wear green shorts.

The road to Qatar is paved with Grey Wiggles

I assume it was that or black, given the Peruvians wear red,the other usual keeper kit.

The road to Qatar is paved with Grey Wiggles

I’m not privy to the inside workings of the club, but there doesn’t seem to be a great level of engagement with the Macarthur Football Association. The Macarthur Rams play in the NSW NPL and the association has more than 20 grassroots clubs in the region. Why then do the Bulls have a feeder club partnership with Northbridge, a NPL club 50km away from the area on the other side of Sydney?
Quick correction for the author – the Wests Tigers are a rugby LEAGUE team. Rugby is a non-entity in the region.

'They tried and failed': Can Macarthur survive?

So you’re saying that a once in a lifetime event where a player was likely to kick his 1000th goal, promoted all week, with a promise that if it happened fans could run onto the ground, is just a normal Friday night game?

The Socceroos won't win on the pitch when all the focus is what happens off it

That was AFL stage management at its best.

The Socceroos won't win on the pitch when all the focus is what happens off it

It was a disgrace that Maclaren was allowed to play for Melbourne City on the weekend. I have no problems with him declaring his unavailability due to his wedding, but to then turn around and play for his club on the weekend doesn’t seem to be in accordance with the FIFA policy on players declaring unavailability for international matches.

The Socceroos won't win on the pitch when all the focus is what happens off it

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